Brian Ishikawa, Bank of Hawaii’s senior vice president and the director of corporate security, reports that financial crimes against elders have seen a huge increase nationally and in Hawaii the last few years. To educate the public about these issues and inform seniors how to prevent becoming a victim of fraud, Ishikawa and Bank of Hawaii have created a Senior Fraud Awareness Seminar the latest installment in the company’s Smart Money Seminars.
“This seminar will cover how to identify different types of scams,” explains Ishikawa. “Most of all, we want people to understand how to protect themselves against different types of fraud.”
Bank of Hawaii launched the Smart Money Seminars in 2009. “We realized during the economic downturn that it is important to provide people with the knowledge to manage their money,” Ishikawa says. The company offers seminar series on a variety of topics, including building credit, investing and creating business plans. The Smart Money Seminars are open to anyone and everyone all seminars are free and you don’t have to be a bank customer to register.
Ishikawa, who specializes in fraud and security investigation, spearheaded the Senior Fraud Awareness series. He created the content for the series and trained other bank officials to facilitate the sessions. He is excited to share his knowledge about fraud issues with the community.
“It’s important to learn as much as you can to prevent yourself against victimization,” Ishikawa says. “Good security begins with each individual ... We run through the whole host of different fraud schemes.”
Bank of Hawaii also is involved in an array of community service projects. Recently, it hosted its sixth annual Community Service Day, where volunteers helped out at the Moiliili Community Center’s Thrift Shop and the Project Dana facility. Throughout the year, many bank employees also participate in beach cleanups, assist at food banks and work with nonprofits in their spare time. Ishikawa serves as a board member for Crime Stoppers.
In October, Bank of Hawaii will visit high schools around the island to educate students on money matters, such as how to manage credit, protect personal information and recognize signs of overspending.
To register for the Senior Fraud Awareness seminar, log on to boh.com. The first session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Bank of Hawaii’s Pearlridge branch.
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